Shibden 600

This event takes place at Bankfield Museum

Calderdale Museums is marking the 600th birthday of one of the most important buildings in the region, a building of international renown.

The first mention of Shibden Hall was in 1420. For 500 years it was a family residence before passing into public ownership and becoming a museum. Over the last century, the hall and its picturesque park have been enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the area.

Now to mark its 600th birthday, Bankfield Museum is hosting a special exhibition that will celebrate Shibden Hall and its many inhabitants. It features stunning images by renowned artists such as John Horner, as well as objects from throughout the hall’s history.

Highlights include a personal letter from Anne Lister, the most famous resident of Shibden Hall and the inspiration for the hit BBC Television series Gentleman Jack. There is also the exclusive opportunity to see never-before seen portraits of two key figures in the Anne Lister story.

These will be woven into a narrative which stretches from 1420 to the present day. A preview of some of the key events in the history of the hall can be found on our 600-year timeline of Shibden Hall which was created with the research group "Packed with Potential".

The exhibition will also explore the importance of the hall through the perspective of its many supporters. Visitors from across the world have submitted photographs, poems, artwork and reflections, expressing their memories of Shibden Hall and the significance it has for them. A selection of these will be included in the exhibition.

From dedicated fans to the first-time visitor, Shibden 600 offers a fresh insight into the meaning of one of the most historic buildings in Calderdale.

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Shibden 600

Dates & times

This exhibition runs from until .


Exhibition at Bankfield Museum - free entry.